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Mother and son gardening in the Edible Academy

Children’s Gardening Program
Frequently Asked Questions

Program Overview

  1. Throughout the season they are enrolled, Crafters and Sprouts plant and care for a garden and learn about garden-related topics through fun enrichment activities. Each session includes time dedicated to hands-on gardening and time dedicated to learning about a particular theme, through investigations, hikes, discussions, and games. Caregiver accompanying their Sprout actively participates along with their Sprout.

  2. The program takes place outdoors at the Edible Academy (EA). The campus is located near the East Gate and includes gardens, classrooms, greenhouse, open air pavilions (offering relief from sun and rain), restrooms, water bottle refill station, and hand sanitizer dispensers. The classrooms and greenhouse will not be utilized during the program. The Edible Academy campus is NOT open to the public during the CGP sessions.

  3. Many of the crops the Crafters and Sprouts plant and care for are harvested during the season they are enrolled. Some of the crops are left to grow and are harvested by the Crafters and Sprouts enrolled in subsequent seasons. Some of the crops will be harvested by Edible Academy staff and donated to local community-based food providers.

  4. In order to have seeds and seedlings ready each program session, EA staff develop planting plans that include a diversity of crops that are seasonally appropriate. Each season more than a dozen different vegetables, herbs, and flowers are grown.

  5. Sprouts:
    New this year, Sprouts families will be directed to park in the Twin Lakes Parking Area. After a brief health screening, Sprouts and their accompanying caregivers will walk on their own to the Edible Academy. The walk is approximately 10–15 minutes long and the CGP Sprouts Educator will welcome the Sprouts and begin the program at the scheduled start time. Sprouts families will walk back to the Twin Lakes Parking Area after the session finishes.

    New this year, caregivers will drop off and pick up CGP Crafters adjacent to the Twin Lakes Parking Area. After a brief health screening, each session will begin with a walk to the Edible Academy and end with a walk back to this location from the Edible Academy. The walk is approximately 10–15 minutes long and will be supervised by the CGP Crafters assigned Educator.

  6. NYBG hires and trains Crafters and Sprouts Educators to facilitate the gardening and enrichment activities planned by Edible Academy administrators. Each Educator is assigned up to six Crafters or six Sprouts and accompanying caregivers and is supported during program sessions by several Edible Academy administrators as well as Assistant Educators.

Program Safety

  1. All activities of the Children’s Gardening Program will take place outdoors; all staff and participants are required to complete health screenings and wear masks while on the NYBG campus. Capacities are reduced by 50% to ensure social distancing can be accomplished throughout program sessions. Hand washing stations and hand sanitizer stations are installed throughout the Edible Academy campus. All garden tools will be disinfected with an alcohol-based disinfectant in between users. Enrichment activities will include hikes and games that promote social distancing and all culinary activities have been suspended.

Program Registration Items

  1. You can enroll online or via phone at 718.817.8181.

  2. You can register your child for Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and/or Fall 2021 sessions now.

  3. Yes, we offer CGP Crafters and Sprouts at a discounted rate for NYBG Members at the Family Level and above.

  4. Yes, we offer a 10% discount for enrolling your child in three or more seasons. Please use code CGP1021 at check out.

  5. You can email or call 718.817.8181